As you read this, new alliances are forming across the country - relationship-based
campaigns that transcend class, race, organizational, regional and traditional party
lines. These new partnerships are the seedbeds for effective change at the local
level - and for redirecting the new economy towards a pathway of fairness and
Justice for Janitors (J4J)
The Justice for Janitors campaign is not the only partnership of its kind -
but it is one of the first. Now in its 11th year, the Justice for Janitors
campaign, run by the Service Employees International Union,
the fastest-growing union in the country, is helping janitors build relationships with
each other and with members of their communities to fight for, and win, fair contracts.
The bottom line? For the first time, building service workers are getting a fair shake
that honors their hard work to build a better future for themselves and their children.
Learn more about J4J and community action partnerships by visiting
Justice for Janitors.
Issues On The Rise:
- Living Wage Campaigns--It's not just the lowest-paid workers who have
to fight for fairness--it ain't about the minimum wage, it's about a living wage.
More than three dozen cities nationwide, including some of our biggest like Los
Angeles and Boston, have living wage ordinances. Community activists, religious
leaders, labor folks, and the workers who are trying to make ends meet make it happen.
For more, see Living Wage Resource Center
- Smart Growth--We all know our communities are going to continue expanding.
The question is, how are we going to manage it? Thousands of average folks are getting
involved to make sure their communities and local politicians are thinking on a
twenty-year plan, rather than towards the next election.
- Broadband: A brave new world--The recently approved merger of AOL with
Time Warner has changed the media landscape forever. But it's only the latest in
a series of events that leave us, the public, in a difficult position. Some folks
are doing the right thing-standing up to make sure that our airwaves and tax money
is used to serve all, and not just benefit old and new media.
(People for Better TV)
- Electricity Deregulation--The electricity deregulation wave is sweeping
the country, but if California is any indication, we've got a lot to be worried
about. Consumer groups are working with politicians and average citizens to insure
that the people's interest, rather than private utility companies get what we deserve,
and to make sure that smart energy conservation policies remain a bright option for
the future. (Rocky Mountain Institute)
- Community Technology Centers: Taking on the Digital Divide -- Recognizing
the importance of computers now and in the future, CTC's are springing up around
the country. Now numbering 450 nationally, CTC's offer free computer and Internet
access to anybody, thanks to collaborations with non-profits, government and the
companies who produce the technology.
(Community Technology Centers Network)
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Some Other Good Links to Capture the Opportunities of Devolution:
Collaborations that Count: Working for Democracy in Devolutionary Times
Center for Policy Alternatives
State Fiscal Analysis Initiative
Center for Living Democracy
Washington Alliance of Technology Workers